If you're planning a bit of spring cleaning this season, why not use your throw-aways to benefit the causes that mean most to you?
In an effort keep e-waste out of landfills while supporting those in need, Planet Green Recycle is calling on individuals, businesses and community groups to recycle old electronics and receive cash payouts for charitable organizations.
Through the Spring Recycle Challenge, Planet Green Recycle is accepting boxes of small electronics and offering payouts to the recipient of your choice, including schools, nonprofits, religious groups, sports teams and scouts troops.
Until recently, Planet Green Recycle only accepted donations from schools and nonprofit community groups. But the company recently opened up its free recycling program to individuals and businesses who want to raise funds for causes they care about, meaning you can easily partner up with a few friends and neighbors and send along old electronics for recycling.
"The way we are going to change habits is thinking globally and acting locally," Arica Rosenthal, director of marketing for Planet Green Recycle, told Earth911. "We need to focus on educating our own communities and realize that we can make a difference by keeping even just our own e-waste items out of the landfills and recycling them properly."
In addition to being paid for the value of the items you send in during the challenge, three recyclers will be selected to win $250 cash donation prizes from Planet Green.
Want to get started? Here's how it works:
- Collect a box of at least 20 accepted items (including cell phones, inkjet cartridges, iPods, tablets, eBook readers, cameras, video games and other small electronics).
- Download and print a free pre-paid shipping label from Planet Green Recycle.
- Affix the label to your box and drop off with UPS.
You'll need to register with Planet Green's recycling program online before getting started. Click here to register and you'll receive a unique URL where you can track your progress, download shipping labels and share with supporters.
Once Planet Green Recycle receives your submission it will be inspected, processed and eligible boxes will be counted as an entry into the challenge. Participants can review their recycling submissions and entries into the challenge in real-time by logging into their administration panels.
"Our hope is that the Spring Recycle Challenge can provide a platform for our participating organizations to really spread the word about their program in a fun and meaningful way," Rosenthal said.
For even more ideas to kickstart your spring cleaning, check out Earth911's Green Spring Cleaning Guide.
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